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Peeking inside DoD's next version of Better Buying Power

Should-cost management and affordability-cap elements of acquisition overhaul have worked well, DoD's acquisition chief says. But workforce has overreacted to Pentagon's urging toward more fixed-price contracts.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Frank Kendall , Better Buying Power , Jared Serbu , Obama Impact , DoD Report

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:54am EDT
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Improvements to how agencies buy goods, services bear out little fruit

In part 4 of Federal News Radio's special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years, we examine progress the administration has made in the acquisition arena. We rated one initiative as effective (green), three as ineffective (red) and two as more progress needed (yellow). View the details of each initiative through our interactive dashboard.

Tags: Obama Impact , acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , strategic sourcing , DoD , OFPP , high risk contracts , inherently governmental , vendor-agency relationship , small business , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:27am EDT

Reducing high-risk contracts yields mixed results

Agencies failed to meet a lofty goal to cut spending on new contracts considered high-risk by 10 percent. But despite the inconclusive results, contracting experts and agency procurement chiefs told Federal News Radio there's more to evaluating the effort to reduce high-risk contracts than the failure to reach the goal. Federal News Radio examines this as part of the special report, The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years.

Tags: OMB , OFPP , Dan Gordon , Debra Sonderman , Bill McNally , acquisition , acquisition policy , contracting , high-risk contracts , Obama Impact , Jack Moore

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 03:54am EDT

Strategic sourcing: Pennywise but pound foolish?

Some small businesses are calling into question the benefits of the Obama administration's strategic sourcing initiative. They say the agencies are mandating the use of the office supplies BPA and putting more than 500 Schedule 75 holders at risk of losing their business. GSA, which runs Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI), said there still are plenty of sales to go around as the BPA accounts for less than half of the $1.4 billion office supplies market.

Tags: acquisition , strategic sourcing , GSA , OFPP , Schedule 75 , Steve Kempf , Dan Gordon , Rick Vogel , Coast-to-Coast Computer Products , Bonnie Whittaker , Adams Marketing , Sam Bornstein , Bornstein and Song , Mick Mulvaney , Judy Chu , House Small Business Committee , Small business contracting , Inside the Worlds Biggest Buyer , Jason Miller , Inside the World

Monday - 06/11/2012, 05:39am EDT
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$1 billion savings with strategic sourcing is 'achievable target'

Three senators are proposing major reforms to the federal government's acquisition process.

Tags: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Congress , contracting , acquisition , Anne Reed , ASI Government

Friday - 10/21/2011, 05:15pm EDT
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Agencies cracking down on troubled vendors

The Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC) issued its annual report to Congress showing that the use of suspension and debarment increased substantially in 2011 over 2009 and 2010.

Tags: contracting , OFPP , oversight , suspension and debarment , acquisition , Joe Jordan , Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee , David Sims , Duc Nguyen , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 07:35pm EDT

GSA Schedules

Larry Allen of Allen Federal and Richard Mackey of CapITalReps will discuss how changes to GSA Schedules will affect you.
September 17, 2012(Encore presentation October 22, 2012)

Tags: procurement , contracting , Samuel Bornstein , Jim Phillips , Centre Consulting , Allen Federal , Larry Allen , CapitalReps , Richard Mackey , strategic sourcing , FSSI , acquisition , cost benefit analysis , GSA , GSA schedules , Mark Amtower , Amtower Off Center

Monday - 09/17/2012, 09:26pm EDT
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Obama administration a mix of successes and failures

The Obama administration's legacy over the past four years consists of major wins, missed opportunities and large scale busts. Federal News Radio evaluated 23 ideas and initiatives behind which the administration flexed its performance and management muscle over the last four years. We rated 10 of the 23 as "effective" and 13 of the 23 as "more progress needed" or "ineffective." In our special weeklong multimedia series, "The Obama Impact: Evaluating the Last Four Years" we review how well the administration was able to go from concept to strategy to implementation to success in the areas of management, technology, workforce and acquisition.

Tags: The Obama Impact , management , workforce , acquisition , technology , Lisa Wolfe , Barack Obama , Mitt Romney

Monday - 09/17/2012, 03:00am EDT

GSA praised for steps to reform culture, organization

Senate lawmakers and the agency's Inspector General say the strategy to reorganize the General Services Administration and make it more accountable is on the right track. Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini said he will consolidate IT and HR across the agency, and reduce contracting fees charged by the Federal Acquisition Service.

Tags: management , acquisition , Dan Tangherlini , GSA , Joe Lieberman , Susan Collins , Brian Miller , oversight , Shakeup at GSA , Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Co , strategic sourcing , contracting fees , Competition in Contracting Act , Jason Miller

Thursday - 09/13/2012, 06:33am EDT
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OFPP keeping a close eye on struggling acquisition system consolidation

GSA's System for Award Management is finding its footing after a rough start. OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan said he's watching the systems' progress carefully.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , OFPP , GSA , DoD , Joe Jordan , Dick Ginman , System for Award Management , strategic sourcing , GAO , High Risk list , Interagency contracting , Coalition for Government Procurement , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 05:24am EDT
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